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What You Need to Know: Public Health and Safety

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Campus Guidelines

Masks

  • Students and employees must follow mask requirements for fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals.
  • Individuals will not be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination on campus but need to complete the vaccine verification process.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask on all University transportation, including the PRT and buses, through at least Sept. 13.
  • Vaccinated individuals who would like to continue wearing a mask for additional protection are encouraged to do so.

Vaccination Verification

  • At this time, WVU is not requiring vaccination, but it is strongly recommended.
  • All students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must verify their vaccination with the University by Aug. 1.
  • Those who do not complete the verification process by Aug. 1 will be considered unvaccinated this fall.

Requirements for Unvaccinated People

Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and those who did not verify their vaccination with WVU by Aug. 1 must:

  • Deliver a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 test result to a designated drop-off location within 48 hours of arriving on campus. Test Requirements and Submission Instructions
  • Comply with random sample testing until they become fully vaccinated and verify their vaccination with WVU.
  • Quarantine for at least 14 days following close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Obtain testing if symptoms develop.
  • Quarantine for five days following out-of-state travel during the semester. Exception: Individuals coming from out of state to begin the fall semester are not required to quarantine.
  • Wear a mask indoors and when outdoors and around others.

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Education Module

  • All faculty, staff and students will be required to complete an updated COVID-19 education module before prior to Aug. 12.
  • More information will be available in July.

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COVID-19 Testing

  • Those who are unvaccinated or who did not verify their vaccination with the University by Aug. 1 are required to submit a valid COVID-19 test result.
  • Random sample testing will be performed throughout the fall semester to monitor and diminish the spread on campus.
    • Students and employees who verified their vaccination with the University by Aug. 1 are exempt from random sample testing during the fall semester.
  • Contact tracing will continue.
  • Isolation procedures remain in place for those who have a positive test.
  • Campus COVID-19 testing data and vaccination rates will be reported weekly during the fall semester.

Visit the Student Testing and Employee Testing pages for details.

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If You Test Positive

  • All positive cases, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, must be reported to the University.
    • Students, employees and others (outside contractors, affiliated groups, etc.) should notify WVU Shared Services at CareServices@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6006.
  • Individuals reporting a positive test result will be contacted by their local health department and may also be contacted by Student Health Services.

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Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Close Contacts

While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.

The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

In these situations, close contact is defined as:

  • Having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • A person can be determined a close contact up to 2 days before illness onset and/or test date of an infected person.

What to Do If ...

When to Quarantine

  • You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine/monitoring period.
    • You will have the opportunity to shorten your quarantine time to 10 days if you have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
    • If you are considered a close contact of someone who tests positive for a variant of COVID-19, you must quarantine for the full 14-day period due to added concern of increased transmission of variants.
  • Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection.
    • Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts.
    • Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
  • Individuals who have received both doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic, are beyond two weeks following the receipt of their second vaccine and are within three months following the receipt of their second vaccine.

What to do if You're in Quarantine

  • All WVU community members are required to report if they are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
    • Students and employees should notify Shared Services at CareServices@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6006.
    • Be sure to answer or return all follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
  • Students who become aware outside of the University that they have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by a physician should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
  • Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may be released from quarantine after 10 days if they were not a close contact of someone who tested positive for a variant of COVID-19, have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
  • Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.

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Operations

Student and Employee Accommodations

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Important information

Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols

Employees and students are accountable for following these requirements:

Student Policies and Penalties

Employee Policies and Penalties

  • Employees who fail to abide by the safety protocols described in the WVU Return to On-Campus Work Playbook will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including warning, suspension, termination or other disciplinary action as appropriate.
  • Enforcement guidelines for employees will be unveiled closer to the start of the fall semester.

Reporting Violations of COVID-19 Protocols

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